On my recent visit to my mum, we took advantage of a bright and sunny day and decided to drive to the coast to visit Largs, a small town on the Firth of Clyde on Scotland’s west coast. My mum used to visit often when she was a child, for family holidays, and as a young woman for day trips with family or friends. We were also taken there for family day trips, or to catch the ferry over to Millport. Although the sun was shining, there was a very brisk and chilly wind, so we didn’t walk far in the end.
We started our visit with a traditional Scottish picnic – one that you eat in your car because the weather isn’t good enough to eat outside. We’d parked right at the front of the car park with a great view of the water, the pier on our left with the ferry coming and going and, of course, people passing by. We had the perfect people-watching situation.
After our sandwiches and watching the world go by, we walked across the road from the car park to the well known Largs institution – Nardini’s cafe and ice cream parlour. We decided that coffee and a pastry were what we needed to finish off our lunch.
I’ve had more than one ‘High Tea’ (fish and chips, bread and butter on the side, cake to finish) or ice cream from Nardini’s over the years, and the ice cream is some of the best I have tasted. A visit to Largs without a visit to Nardini’s seems unimaginable.
Bracing ourselves against the chilly wind, we crossed back over the road towards the promenade, where we passed Magnus the Viking. Magnus was gifted to the people of Largs in 2013 to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the historic Battle of Largs. The Vikings were defeated at the Battle of Largs in 1263 in what was their final raid on Scottish soil. Under the Treaty of Perth, Magnus King of Norway surrendered the Western Isles and the Isle of Man to the Scottish crown in 1266.
We meandered along the prom, walking away from the town, for about half a mile –
before turning round and heading back towards the warmth of the car.
It was a short walk, but there was lots to see and plenty of memories for my mum to tell me about.
This walk links up with Jo’s Monday Walk.